1.) Choose your photo and drag it onto a New Document. In this example, I changed the photo to black and white, but you can use this technique for color photos as well.
2.) Right-click on your photo layer and choose Duplicate Layer. Then pull down the drop down box for the blending modes (should be defaulted to Normal) and choose Screen. (You will notice that your photo will now appear lighter and brighter.)
3.) Now duplicate your Screen layer and change that blending mode to Overlay. (Note: if nothing else, these 2 layers set at these blending modes will give most of your black & white photos and a lot of your color photos incredible depth and defintion as you can see below.)
4.) Now, click on your top photo layer and while holding down your shift key, click on your bottom photo layer to select all 3 of them. Then right click somewhere on one of the layers and choose Merge Layers. Once you have one layer, right click on it and again duplicate your layer. This time, change your blending mode to Hard Light.
5.) Last one... duplicate it one more time and change the blending mode to Screen. Now, in this case, this virtually eliminates the back ground and gives her a wonderfully contrasted and sharp appearance.
6.) Again, merge your photo layers together. (Be sure you merge only your photo layers together and not all of your layers. You will still need your "background" layer in order to edit your photo further.)
7.) Use your eraser tool to erase any remnants of the background. In this case, I will also make my image larger by choosing my Move Tool and grabbing one of the corners of the photo and while holding down my Shift key, dragging my mouse out to enlarge it. I will also move my image all the way over to the right until I like the positioning of it.
8.) Place your word art on your layout. (You can find my Fading Emotions Vol 2 word art by clicking HERE.
11.) Now, in order to get the text off of her (since this is not truly an extracted image), just choose your Eraser Tool and, making sure the layer with text is active, simply erase any text on her. (Note: The end result will have a much cleaner look and appear as if it's going behind her if you zoom in and even erase the little pieces of text on her hair and other small details on the photo... it sounds scary, but it's really not... it only took a couple of minutes!!!)
12.) Now choose your text tool and type your title at the top and that's it! You're done!!!! Again... here is our finished layout:
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